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Childhood Schizophrenia and Receiving Social Security Disability

Schizophrenia is a mental disorder as described by psychiatric diagnosis. It is a severe, disabling, chronic brain disorder. Schizophrenia is evidenced by hearing voices that other people do not hear, a belief that other people are broadcasting their thoughts to the world or being convinced that other people are plotting to harm them. This leads to people being fearful and withdrawn who have schizophrenia. Trying to have relationships with other people is also difficult. There has been debate as to whether schizophrenia is a single disorder or a number of discrete syndromes because of the many possible combinations of signs and symptoms with this mental disorder. Paul Eugen Bleuler, a Swiss psychiatrist, was the first to use the term, “schizophrenia” in 1908. Actually, he used the term, “the schizophrenias” because of the debate about the disorder. Schizophrenia affects about 1.1% of the population of the United States that is age 18 and older in any given year. This means that well over 3 million people are affected by schizophrenia in the United States every year. Schizophrenia appears equally in men and women. It usually appears in men at an earlier age than in women. The peak ages for onset in men are 20-28. In women, the peak ages are 26-32. It is rare in older adults. Childhood schizophrenia is very much like the adult form of the mental disorder. The difference is that it develops earlier. This can happen even before adolescence. Schizophrenia has a huge impact on the ability of a child to function. Childhood schizophrenia is also much rarer than the adult form of the disorder. It is estimated to affect 1 in 40,000 children. When it does begin, it usually starts between age 7 and adolescence. Your child with disability will probably lose interest in activities, becomes withdrawn and develop distorted perception and thinking. These effects can go on for a good while before progressing. Other ways that childhood schizophrenia may affect your child with disability is causing paranoia, hallucinations and delusions. He or she may often fear that people are plotting to hurt them. Your child with disability may believe that others are in control of their thoughts, and they will probably have blunted emotions. Your child with disability may have childhood schizophrenia. This may be the cause of their disability. You may have tried to get financial help for your child with disability by applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits from the Social Security Administration because of the disability caused by childhood schizophrenia. Was your child with disability denied? If you are thinking about appealing the denial by the Social Security Administration, there is something that you should know. People who are represented by a knowledgeable disability attorney like the one at are approved more often than those people who do not have a lawyer. This is something of great importance for your child with disability. Contact the good disability attorney at, today.